On the myth of true love


People

Confession: Sometimes I am tired of hearing about this “true love” bit. I suspect the way we talk about it is all wrong. We talk about it as the one true path amid a host of bunny trails. We say that it’s waiting, that it’s out there somewhere. We say that we found it, as […]

September 16, 2013

Issues and autos


Life around home, People

My husband is a great man. He’s smart, talented, articulate, and well-informed about the world. I believe in his character and leadership, trusting him implicitly (at least 60% of the time, faking it the last 40) to make good decisions for the welfare of our family. You would think that with so much brilliance at […]

September 3, 2013

Thirty days of honor


People

Confession: Sometimes I am not very nice to him. Who would have guessed it, in the dreamy days when his voice on the phone was just the sound I longed to hear, nourishing a place deep inside me? Who would have guessed it, in the blissful days of leisurely picnics, happy reunions, endless hours of […]

July 1, 2013

Sunday mornings


People, Uncategorized

I sat beside him long ago when the brush of his sleeve against mine sent fire all down my body. I sat beside him hundreds of times when his arm was solid and comforting against my own. I sat beside him when there was such pain between us I shied away from the softest touch of […]

July 1, 2013

The Great Key Mystery


Life around home

Once upon a time, and not so very long ago—about six weeks—my husband Ryan and I went van shopping down New Castle way, and bought a lovely blue Odyssey. Moon roof, DVD player, miscellaneous dings and scratches, and best of all—no rust. Thank you, Jesus! It’s fun being the proud parents of a very large […]

June 7, 2013

Back home


Out and about

More Free Advice to Men: (Married men this time. All you single guys can breathe for now.) If you ever want to make the world drop its jaw— — and I mean really — — send your wife on a four-day trip without the kids. Your self-confidence will grow. Your wife will wrap herself around […]

April 19, 2013

This stage of life and love


Celebrations, People

Confession: This post is exactly two weeks overdue. At Valentine’s Day, I gathered some perspectives on love from women at three different stages of life: a newlywed, a seasoned wife, and a single lady. I did some homework, asked for input on my questions… and then spent Valentine’s Day burying my grandpa. But love is never out […]

February 28, 2013

Snowflake Bentley


Brain things, People

Look what happened in the night–a magic all its own.   Confession: It is so easy to believe in everyone but the people we know and love best. I’m not thinking of my man Ryan, because I’m freshly in love with him and I think he could probably, you know, do a chin-up on the Milky Way […]

January 18, 2013

Dropping eaves


Out and about

Confession: Last night I deliberately eavesdropped on the public conversation of two gentlemen. Disclaimer 1: I rarely eavesdrop. Disclaimer 2: And I never eavesdrop on private conversations. It’s against my code of conduct. If I notice you engaged in one, I will hum as I walk by, to block sound waves from reaching me and […]

May 19, 2012